Any point in appealing?
ON November 20 I parked my vehicle in the Barnstaple Retail Park car park. I returned just within the two-hour period to find I had lost my car keys.
I realised they must have fallen out of my pocket when I had tried on some trousers in Primark. I left a note on my windscreen and struggled back to the top end of town and retrieved my keys. I had to sign for them and subsequently sent Parking Eye a copy of this page with the time of signature marked on it.
Of course as there is no parking attendant in this car park my note was not seen. I subsequently received a fine notice which I disputed. This rumbled on until I had to appeal to email@example.com and I have today (March 1) received notification that my appeal was unsuccessful.
It said: "I am not able to take into account mitigating circumstances. That an appellant feels he or she had good reason for failing to comply with the terms of parking is not a reason for which I can allow an appeal. When parking on private land, a motorist freely enters into an agreement to abide by the conditions of parking in return for permission to park."
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What was the point of appealing if the assessor is not prepared to take account of mitigating circumstances? Surely my reason was valid as I could not physically remove my vehicle in the allotted time?
Has anyone else been victimised in the same way? And does anyone have any suggestions what I can do now? Is this car park ever full?
It is just this very sort of thing that stops people shopping in town.